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She always gets a part
Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.
I'm glad I'm married because I'm never dating again.
Hoop-Tober #1: September of Darkness, The bleeding edge
This film is a truly proof that sound and images can be truly a hell; and Miike did a convenient hell in all conventions, dimensions and courage as a sledgehammer hits his audience in the skull and squeezing in our brain; the heart get stabbed and the mind meltdown; destroying and obliterating all the sense; the eyes and the ears and even the touch. It’s a very delirium experience and ultra sensory work. An auditory nightmare. A violent knock on the soul.
And the film begins with a grief; a very melodic music plays, almost melancholic a father and son look sadly to a woman dying in the bed; the gloomy sadness…
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“This wire can cut through flesh and bone easily.”
There is a large canvas bag on the floor. It is tied with rope. Inside it, a living thing moves violently.
Before Audition descends into a maelstrom of hallucination and shocking violence, it moves along placidly as a domestic melodrama in the vein of Ozu or Sirk. The premise is skeevy, of course: Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), seven years a widower and living with his teenage son, is encouraged by both his son and his friend, Yasuhisa Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimara), to venture back into the dating world. Yoshikawa—winner of the Mel Gibson gender relations award—suggests that Aoyama find his new bride by staging a fake casting audition for the lead role…
Following Haneke’s Funny Games and Lynch’s Lost Highway, Audition was Takashi Miike’s contribution to a small movement of unsettling cinema in the late 90s as well as his international breakthrough.
Miike is comparable to Haneke in the moments where his action is filmed naturalistically without music or ominous lighting. In the scenes where he does use manipulative techniques his style is contrapuntal, televisual even, bizarrely playing out like a romantic drama. The film has many notable Lynchian qualities in its second half, with a skilful play between nightmare and reality. The momentary glimpses of the horrors to come are mysterious, even on repeat viewings, and the snippets of terror retain a sense of dread in the build up to the…
This film tells the story of a television producer, a young widower who decides to remarry at the request of his son and friend. Yet, the woman he finds (in a fake audition to a movie) is far from being what he expected. Audition is a sadistically unforgettable film where pain is the crucial key to happiness.
Knowing that this film was directed by the psycho turned filmmaker (Takashi Miike) was very heplful because, in a certain way, I knew what to expect, I knew that something weird would eventually happen in the course of the film. This is a very well built film that leaves you stuck to the screen from the beginning to the end, the plot is…
Prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike is known to stir up controversy with his film's graphic content, and this is perhaps his most disturbing. Yet, at the same time, it is tame and slow-paced compared to something like Ichi the Killer (2001). But it quickly descends into gruesome, grotesque madness; the final act will exhaust even the strongest stomachs. Although, what some might mistake for tasteless, torture-porn violence is nothing of the sort. Miike's patient plotting and tender treatment of his tortured characters hints at the ultimate terrors in store for us.
A middle-aged widower, Aoyama, decides to conduct an audition to find his ideal women. He is immediately smitten by Asami Yamazaki, she is quiet and mysterious. Aoyama's friend, Yoshikawa,…
I used to love Audition. I loved it because it was a damn fine horror. To me, it was a beautifully crafted piece of work that didn't hold back when it came time to deliver some nastiness. I still love Audition, even more so than I did over a decade ago. And I think it's a modern masterpiece. Not just because the horror remains so effective for genre fans, but also because of how layered the film is, and how many equally valid interpretations can be drawn from the material.
It's a film about a man struggling to find love again after years spent mourning the death of his wife. It's a film about how relationships based on deception will…
Loneliness will literally kill you.
The first half is relatively slow and wants you to soak in the dense and almost voyeuristic compositions to emphasize Shigeharu's need of a female presence in his day-to-day life. Gives only a bite instead of a meal of gore I was expecting, but whatever I'll take it.
wtf the fuck
Only Hitchcock could have done it better.
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Well that was disturbing. I found myself continually questioning who we are supposed to root for by the end of the film. And that's one of the beauties of masterful direction and storytelling that this film employs. I am not entirely sure what this film is exactly supposed to be about. Going in, I thought it was going to be a feministic revenge movie since that is what is suggested by many other critics and varying synopsis. But calling it that would be to take a very small element somewhat out of context and putting the bulk of your focus on that. Yes, the violence, horror and gore will make you look…
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I used to have the stomach for this kinda stuff. Then some crazy woman sat on it with a buncha needles.
I often questioned how much meta-referencing there is with the filmmaking subplot, which seems to be very common in Japanese cinema from what I've seen. Of course, I know very little about the state of the industry in Japan in the late 90s, so that element might've been lost on me.
The rest? Forever burned into my brain.
A delightfully nasty Japanese horror. For many this will be a film too difficult to watch, however there's much more to this picture than the graphic violence. There's a claustrophobic atmosphere throughout and Eihi Siina, as Asami, is deeply unsettling. It is also worth commenting that the movie raises some interesting ideas about male attitudes to the opposite sex. If you can handle it, the film is worth watching.
Another 90's film that leaves me feeling philosophical about reality.
If you've ever seen the ending of Old Boy (2003, not 2013), you've seen some fucked up shit in film. But Audition? Geez, I don't even know where to begin.
I won't mention too much, because, just as I was framed, the film is best enjoyed without knowing too much about it. So if you're curious, do yourself a favor and rent it on Amazon.
I will, however, comment on how much I loved the film's slow, methodical pacing. The film also had an interesting use of mis-en-scene, poking our curiosity both of what is and isn't in the frame.
Time also was a huge factor for the film. Many instances of telling the story out of order,…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).